Hearn: Canelo is Worried About Jacobs
May 4 will mark an epic middleweight title unification bout, as WBA/WBC middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez collides with IBF champion Daniel Jacobs.
Alvarez is referred to as one of the best pound-for-pound boxers in the world today, further elevated by his decision win in his second collision with Gennady Golovkin, ending the former unified middleweight champion’s undefeated record. He followed it up by becoming a three-division world champion three months later by knocking out Rocky Fielding to win the WBA (Regular) super middleweight championship.
In fact, Alvarez’s only blemish is a decision loss to Floyd Mayweather, a fight he took while he was still developing as a young fighter despite holding two super welterweight titles already by that point.
Meanwhile, Jacobs won the WBA (Regular) middleweight title back in August 2014 with a win over Jarrod Fletcher. Jacobs defended the title four times — against Caleb Truax, Peter Quillin and twice against Sergio Mora — before losing the title in a March 2017 unification bout with Golovkin. At the time, however, Golovkin and Alvarez had not had their two epic collisions, and Jacobs had tested Golovkin to a point most had never seen before. From that perspective, plus the fact it’s a title unification bout, Jacobs can present another great test for Alvarez.
And if one were to ask Jacobs’ promoter, Eddie Hearn, he feels Alvarez and his promoter, Oscar De La Hoya, are feeling the pressure.
“We have to give a huge amount of credit to Canelo and Oscar and the team. They know how tough this fight is,” Hearn said. “You see just a little bit of worry…isn’t it great that we have a super fight? Isn’t it great that we have a moment in this sport when two great champions could come together? For a long, long time since we signed Daniel Jacobs, he has told me three special words: ‘Bring me Canelo.’ And on May 4, he finally has the chance.
I have never been so confident in a 50-50 fight. I believe this young man walks with faith and I believe on May 4, he will become the unified middleweight champion in the world. Faith is a wonderful thing and when you combine it with talent, you can’t beat it.
Original Story: Boxing Scene